Friday, April 30, 2010


This truck was for a little boy that was turning 4 and LOVES monster trucks, especially The Grave Digger. The cake was fudge marble with vanilla almond butter cream icing (with LOTS of black food coloring). It's all edible except the trucks, cars, and supports. The most difficult part were the treads, wow... but after a few tries, it worked out.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Broken Eggs!!

Isn't it frustrating when you get home from the store only to find that your eggs are broken??? UGH!!

Well, it's a good thing these aren't real eggs then.

These are mini cupcakes that I made for my step-mother-in-law's birthday. She's a fun lady who works in managing resources and also helps my father-in-law with his hobby farm, (including egg laying chickens). I thought she'd get a kick out of these.

They are white mini-cupcakes with smooth cream cheese icing. The yolks are homemade lemon curd and the shells are white chocolate. It was very challenging to get the eggs to turn out properly. I used plastic Easter eggs, greased with Crisco as the molds. I then melted white chocolate and painted the inside of the eggs, let them sit, repeat painting, then let them cool. Sliding them out proved a challenge, but it just takes time and patience. The end result was a lot of fun and VERY tasty.

The Head(s) of the Class

I recently bought a new book full of great cupcake ideas. I get stuck on fondant decorations, but this book has some really good prop ideas. These were the first set I tried and they were a HUGE hit.

I made them for the seniors at the school I taught at last year. They are a good group of kids and I wanted to do something fun for them in their last few weeks as high schoolers.

There are white and chocolate cupcakes with white and chocolate icing. The hats are small peanut butter cups (up-side-down) with a chocolate covered graham cracker on top. The tassels are piped icing in their school color. The hair is made from a variety of things; sprinkles, sugar, icing, gum, fruit loops... and the ears are orange fruit loops.

I'm not sure if all the heads were the right color or shape, but their were 40+ graduate heads and they were enjoyed!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Fit for a princess...

This cake was for a little princess' 4th birthday. She went to Disney Land over the summer and really loved it. She wanted a cake for her birthday that reminded her of her fun trip. She loves pink and wanted strawberry cake so that the inside would be pink too.

This cake should feed between 35 - 40 people, is strawberry with almond butter cream icing, and has fondant decorations. The figurines are from Disney for her to keep after her party. Most little girls love princesses and I hope this princess cake makes Makena's 4th birthday really special.

Thank you so much for the cake! Makena LOVED it and was so excited to take it to her party. It will be hard to top that cake next year.
Thanks again,

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mom needs a cake too...

I made Tinkerbell and Hello Kitty cakes late last year for two sweet little girls. Their mom is a good friend of mine and she LOVED their special cakes. She picked them up, ooooed and ahhhhhed over them and left. On her way home, she called and asked if she could book me for her cake too. I was delighted to make this special cake for her. She is one of those selfless moms who eagerly takes care of her family, without regard for herself.

I told her that she could choose whatever she wanted for her birthday and so she did. She chose an Italian creme cake with cream cheese icing. She also mentioned that she loves roses and chocolate. I made the roses, leaves, and sign out of home made chocolate plastic (white and milk chocolate) and finished it off with fresh berries and chopped pecans. I hope she loves this cake and feels very special as she is celebrated! Happy Birthday Ruth!

Sunday, April 18, 2010


I can say that I know far more about Pokemon now than I ever thought possible... A few weeks ago Adam and I met a family at the park while playing with Phoebe. The little boy is a brain cancer patient and is almost done with his treatment. The father had just been in a serious roll-over accident... This family had been through a lot recently and meeting them tugged at my heart. I wanted to do something to help, but the only thing I could think of was cake. I mentioned it to her and her face lightened up. The boy's birthday was coming soon and he LOVED Pokemon. Done.

He wanted half white and half chocolate, so I made 4 small cakes (2 white, 2 chocolate) and balanced a square white cake on top. Each small cake has the theme of one of his favorite 4 characters and the trainer of these little guys is on the top. The icing was almond, vanilla butter cream and I the decorations are fondant (not the characters). I hope this brightens his special 7th birthday!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

"We don't need a cake..."

Sorry for the beautiful orange background... The kitchen I had to set up in was bright.

We had a baby shower for one of Adam's cousins (Welcome to the jungle cake) and I met his cousin's (Joe) fiance. We got to talking about their upcoming wedding and she mentioned that she couldn't find someone to make her a gluten-free wedding cake for any reasonable cost, and she was thinking of trying to make her own... Bad idea for a bride to have that on her plate on her wedding day... I offered my services to her as our wedding gift and she accepted. I made the top layer of the bride's cake vanilla (gluten-free) and the rest was classic white. The bride's cake had vanilla-almond butter cream icing with dragees and flowers and the groom's cake was chocolate with chocolate-fudge butter cream icing with hand dipped strawberries (notice the his and hers strawberries, that was fun to make). It smelled good enough to eat!

Double Trouble

This was a fun cake for a set of twins that were turning three. They love elephants and zebras, so I designed this fun cake using what they liked. All edible, except the wires for the balloons. The cake was white with almond butter cream icing, fondant decorations, and yummy Pepperidge Farm pirouettes for the fence around the swimming elephant.